Aibileen who is a colored maid in the 1960's Jackson, MS works for a white woman named Elizabeth Leefolt. One day Miss Leefolt was to host the bridge club meeting, Aibileen overhears Miss Hilly tell Ms. Leefolt to get a seprate bathroom for the colored people. Skeeter is not pleased with this suggestion.
Skeeter wants to write about how life is for colored maids working for white families. When Skeeter asks Aibileen if she could interview her for her story, Aibileen is hesistant at first cause she could get fired is she gets notciced, but she later on agreed. Skeeter recruit Minny, another colored maid, to tell her story. No other maid would help.
After Aibileen's friend who is also a colored maid gets beaten by police and was unjustly trialed maids then started to volunteer their stories. Skeeter has to be careful around her white friends because Miss. Hilly started to catch on what Skeeter has been doing. By making this book Skeeter is putting all the maids lives and also risking going to prison.
Ever since Miss. Hilly found Skeeter reading laws about African Americans, she had begun to slowly out cast her in the Jackson Junior League. Skeeter is very careful around Miss. Hilly because she was the one that spread lies about Minny that's why it was so hard to get a job. Skeeter finishes the book and sends it to the publishing company.
Elaine Stein, one of the editors of the publishing company, approves the book and has copies made several copies to sell throughout the U.S. The book began to sell quickly after it was featured on the television. Miss. Hilly was seriously outraged after she found out that the book featured her friends and herself. This is a feared disaster that black maids would encounter.
After Miss. Hilly reads the book, she does everything in her power to convince everyone in town that the story was not based on their town. Since the book reveals a secret that she does not want the town to know. Miss. Hilly is furious and tries to accuse Aibileen for stealing her silverware as revenge, Aibileen was able to avoid that problem but she was fired by Miss. Leefolt anyway. Mae Mobley was the last child that she cared for.